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The journey of a single item from manufacturing, shipping, distribution and sales to payment is fraught with potential legal and operational pitfalls. Yet the world of commerce continues to spin non-stop every day. You will learn the legislation that keeps the process moving, along with common practices and strategies to best operate in this challenging but exciting environment. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices in negotiation and contracting. Equip yourself to effectively manage the inevitable challenges in today’s international supply chain. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify basic purchasing principles, strategies and technologies
  • Understand different organization structures and the strategies behind them
  • Describe the complexities of purchasing internationally
  • Explain basic concepts of sustainability & social responsibility and be able to integrate those into the procurement process
  • Forecast and buy to inventory plan
  • Design and execute a basic bid exercise
  • Support accounts payable with solid business practices and well documented procedures
  • Design and execute a supplier management strategy including service level expectations, key performance metrics and resolution

Learning Formats



Fully online Instructor-led training on your schedule with no set meeting times. Lectures are pre-recorded and your instructor will set weekly discussion topics to help you engage with the content and share meaningful experiences. Click on the “Online” section below to view course details.

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Course Number: BUSA-40392
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Project ManagementSupply Management

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